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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Announced

The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research is pleased to announce the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows for 2014. These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year. This year's competition received an abundance of incredibly strong project proposals. This year's fellows are James Shannon, Nicole Baker and Norman Valley.

James Shannon, majoring in Chemistry has been awarded the Bruce LeVine Mellion '69 SURF Fellowship for his project “Investigation, Purification and Characterization of an Inhibitor for Breast Cancer”. Working in collaboration with his faculty mentor and Dr. William Kinlaw of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, James will be studying Fatty Acid Synthase (FASN) enzymes that catalyze the production of fatty cells in breast cancer cells.  James’ faculty mentor for the SURF fellowship is Dr. Paul Baures from the Chemistry Department.

Nicole Baker, majoring in Psychology has been awarded a Keene State College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her project “The Role of Images of Underweight Women in the Media on Self-Esteem, Body Satisfaction, and Eating Disorder Symptomology”. For this eight-week project, Nicole will examine the impact of viewing images of underweight models on women’s self-esteem, body satisfaction and eating disorder symptomology.  While research has been done in each of these areas, Nicole’s study is one of only a handful that has an experimental design to test the relationships of the each.  Nicole's faculty mentor for the SURF fellowship is Dr. Nashla Feres from the Psychology Department.

Norman Valley, majoring in Sociology, has been awarded a Keene State College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his project “Linking Gamer Mentalities and the Satisfaction of Life Scale”. His research this summer will focus on an interdisciplinary study that will examine the link between subjective well-being and video gamer typologies. Norman’s faculty mentor for the SURF fellowship is Dr. Brian Green from the Sociology Department.


For project abstracts, or more information about the SURF program, visit http://www.keene.edu/grants/surf.cfm.

 


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